It's natural to be anxious when a pandemic seems to be sweeping it's way towards you. Should you stock up on tinned goods and mansized tissues, go to the doctor for some powerful antiviral drugs or go about your business as usual and hope for the best?
Well I guess the answer is a little of all of the above, the best thing to do is to take your health back into your own hands and make sure that you are relaxed, but prepared for any eventuality. Panicking never helped anyone!
My advice would be to make sure that you are taking good care of your immune system - but not overstimulating it, as this can also lead to problems. To do this all you need to do is eat well, keep exercising, breathe lots of fresh air, drink lots of fresh water and have a few remedies standing by just in case. Cut down on foods that tax your liver such as sugar, alcohol and fat and reduce mucous producing foods such as citrus and dairy.
Listed below are some homeopathic remedies that can be used in case of an outbreak in your area.
Contact your local homeopathic pharmacy (Helios, Ainsworths or Nelsons in the UK) and ask for their combination flu nosode. This is a little like a homeopathic vaccine. They will stock it in a 30c or 200c potency which you should take as follows: 1 pill in the morning, another the same evening and a third the following morning. Then put the rest in a safe place and don't take any more unless you know you have had a probable exposure to the virus - in which case repeat again and seek the advice of your homeopath by phone.
If you do contract flu, you must notify your doctor - who may want to give you antiviral drugs. This is your own decision to make and you may not have a choice about it.
You can mitigate your symptoms with the following remedies, which may be taken alongside antiviral medication. Take in a 30c potency up to 6 times daily for not longer than 4 days. Contact your homeopath for advice.
Aconite: Sudden onset. High fever with restlessness. Dry racking cough. Extreme anxiety.
Ant-tart: Fatiguing rattling cough. Better after bringing up phlegm. Retching, nausea and vomiting with cough. Headache in forehead from coughing.
Arsenicum: Absolutely floppy and exhausted but restless too. Cattarrh feels suffocating. Watery snot makes nostrils and upper lip raw. Everything worse at night. Anxious, nauseas with the desire to vomit.
Belladonna: Bright red sweaty skin, high fever, shining eyes, possibly delirious. Sleepy but can't sleep. Dull headache with dry nose and frequent sneezing.
Eupatorium Perfoliatum: Runny nose, sneezing, hoarse and with a hacking cough that hurts the chest. Arms and legs ache terribly, deep in the bones. Can't get comfortable lying down but unable to sit up. skin pale and sensitive to the least touch or draft of air.
Gelsemium: Sore throat with lots of irritating mucous in it. Dusky, dark red hot head. Extreme weakness in legs and aching of muscles. Just want to lie down.
There are many other remedies that fit flu like symptoms - homeopathy is indivdualised so if these remedies don't match your flu symptoms, contact your homeopath and ask them to prescribe something that fits. The pharmacy will be able to send remedies by post, so you don't even have to leave the house.
Make sure you keep your fluid levels up if you have flu - it's easy to become dehydrated because you're producing lots of mucous and only sipping because it's painful to sit up or gulp water. Warm drinks can often be good here and herb tea with a little honey can be very nourishing. Manuka honey is especially good because of its proven antiviral action.
Finally, make a diluted mixture of teatree oil and spray about the house to protect others and freshen the air. 30 drops to a litre of water in a garden mister. You can also add 10 drops of lavender, lemon, orange or geranium to this mixture (choose one).